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'Goosebumps' Forever

Twenty years and 350 million copies later, R.L. Stine tells Marlow Stern he's not 'a training bra for Stephen King.'

Kathryn Bigelow on Making 'The Hurt Locker'

Just before dawn one morning in July 2008, Kathryn Bigelow was setting up a shot for The Hurt Locker in the Jordanian desert. The movie, which won this year\'s Oscar for best picture and earned Bigelow the best-director award, follows an explosive-ordnance-disposal bomb technician who dismantles roadside IEDs in Iraq.

The Quiet Poet Laureate

Kay Ryan has lived in the same small house on a hill in Marin County, Calif., for 30 years. She shingled the exterior walls and covered the steps and walkways in bright tile scraps herself.

Kathryn Bigelow Talks About "The Hurt Locker"

Just before dawn one July morning, Kathryn Bigelow was setting up a shot for The Hurt Locker in the Jordanian desert. The movie follows an Explosive Ordnance Disposal bomb technician, one of the hundred or so soldiers in Iraq who dismantle roadside IEDs planted by insurgents.

Lolita turns 50

Everything you need to know about literature's most misunderstood girl, including her real name

McCain's Mrs. Right

Gov. Sarah Palin came out of nowhere to win the John McCain veep sweepstakes. Well, not quite nowhere.

Kids' Book Clubs Boom

Twelve-year-old Joanna Krupp loves her monthly book-club meetings. She and her fellow bookworms tackle titles like Gloria Whelan's National Book Award winner "Homeless Bird," about a 13-year-old girl in India whose parents arrange a marriage to a boy who is gravely ill.

How Kool Is Rem

One night last month, just before Christmas, the Italian fashion house Prada threw a party to unveil its new Manhattan shop. But the scene that unfolded looked more like a movie premiere than the opening of a store, for heaven's sake: the velvet ropes, the flashbulbs, the crush of almost-famous faces.

Leader Of The Pack

Stories that people tell about Colin Powell always seem to have the same ending. Like the time in 1972 when Powell, then a newly minted major in the Army, was trying out for a prestigious White House fellowship.

A Son's Restless Journey

Last June the Bush clan and 200 or so of their closest friends gathered near Walker's Point, the seaside family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, that George Bush Sr.

Not On The Reading List

Librarian Wendy Adamson likes to keep up with readers' interests. She knows who likes a good mystery novel and who prefers the latest romance yarn. But she draws the line at helping patrons indulge their sexual curiosity on the Internet. "One guy was really into bondage.